Supplements and herbs

Health in a bottle?

How many bottles of supplements do you have on your kitchen bench? Supplements are big business backed by extensive marketing, so it’s tempting to believe there’s a silver bullet for a particular health issue. Nutrients and herbs can play an important role in restoring health, but they need to be used as part of a broader treatment plan which addresses the cause.

Things you need to know about supplements:

  • Not all supplements are natural – many are produced in a laboratory to mimic nutrients found in nature. This isn’t always bad, but food is your first medicine – can you get the nutrients you need from your diet?
  • Not all supplements are potent enough to have an effect in your body – there are many poor quality brands which contain inactive or poorly absorbed forms of nutrients.
  • Many over-the-counter supplements contain fillers and other ingredients which are not always stated on the packaging.
  • Just because they are ‘natural’ doesn’t mean they are always safe for you – herbs and nutrients can interact with medications you’re taking. Always check with your naturopath, doctor or pharmacist before taking a supplement alongside your medication.

To ensure you get the most from your supplements and avoid wasting money, it’s best to seek advice from a naturopath who understands your whole health history before choosing new supplements. Alternatively, find a health food store or pharmacy with a qualified naturopath or nutritionist who can give you personalised advice. Book in for a free 15 minute consultation with me